Posts Covering Real Estate News

NAR: Home Sales Remain Elevated, Pressure Mounts On Buyers

For the 28th straight month, the Pending Home Sales Index bested its benchmark reading of 100. It's no wonder home prices continue to rise nationwide.

Condo Values Rising Fast In 5 Major Metros

Is a better to buy a condo or a single-family, detached home? Recently, condos have held value better. Analysis of the condo market, plus live condo mortgage rates.

Case-Shiller Index: Low Rates, Buyer Demand Drive Up Home Prices

Case-Shiller Index reports home values up more than 36% since 2012. Renters want to become buyers, driving up home prices by more than 10% in some cities.

Builders Can’t Build Homes Fast Enough

As demand surges, U.S. builders are trying to keep up. Prices are on the rise, but mortgage rates low. Is it time to start your home search in earnest?

NAR: Existing Home Sales Fall On Ultra-Tight Inventory

August home sales stayed strong amid tight home supply. Home prices are rising, but with mortgage rates low, first-time home buyers are not deterred.

Home Values Continue Impressive 60-Month Climb

Home values climbed almost unfettered for 60 straight months, spurred by low mortgage rates and high buyer demand. Is it time to enter the market?

NAHB: Hottest Housing Market In 11 Years

Home builder confidence remains strong with low mortgage rates and rising rents. Builders are signaling that 2017 will be a banner year for real estate.

Follow This Advice To Buy The Right Home Your First Time

Recent surveys offer advice to new home buyers who want to buy a home that meets all their current and future needs.

NAR: Home Sales Won’t Slow Down; Pressure Mounts On Buyers

For the 27th straight month, the Pending Home Sales Index bested its benchmark reading of 100. It's no wonder home prices continue to rise nationwide.

Condos Increasing In Value Faster Than Single-Family Homes, Says Case-Shiller

Is a better to buy a condo or a single-family, detached home? Recently, condos have held value better. Analysis of the condo market, plus live condo mortgage rates.

Case-Shiller Index: Typical U.S. Home Price Up 36% Since 2012

Case-Shiller Index reports home values up more than 36% since 2012. How valid is the data, though? Portland and Seattle lead the pack. Chicago and Washington, D.C. lag.

Buy A House In Your 20s With These Flexible Mortgages

The emerging generation is as much interested in home buying as any generation before. Fueling the enthusiasm is a new menu of affordable mortgage programs.

NAR: Today’s Homes Are Selling Super-Fast

Median Days on Market still ultra-low as homes sell in less than a week in many U.S. cities. "You snooze, you lose", as they say. Analysis and commentary.

Staging Your Home Helps It Sell 73% Faster, On Average

Selling your home? Make sure you stage it for sale. Staged homes sell 73% faster than non-staged homes; and sell at higher prices, too. Here's how to do it.

NAR: There Aren’t Many Homes For Buyers To Buy Anymore

July home sales stayed strong amid tight home supply. Home prices are rising, but with mortgage rates low, first-time home buyers have not been deterred.

New High For U.S. Home Values. Is It Time To Buy?

Home values have surpassed last decade's bests, set in April 2007. Current mortgage rates play a role, as does access to low- and no-money-down mortgages.

Census Bureau: New Home Sales Soar Past Previous Highs

Amid low mortgage rates are rising rents home buyers are snapping up today's new construction at levels not seen since 2007.

What To Know About Buying A Short Sale

You get an average 11 percent discount when buying a short sale. But these homes are not always a good value. Take these steps before making an offer.

Home Builders May Offer Fewer Free Upgrades In 2017

Homebuilder confidence remains strong with low mortgage rates, rising rents, and loosening mortgage guidelines. Builders are signaling to buyers that home prices will climb.

Homes Still Affordable Despite Highest Prices In 9 Years

Home prices hit a 9-year high last quarter, but homes are still affordable to the typical buyer, thanks to ultra-low mortgage rates.

2016 Conforming, FHA, & VA Loan Limits

Mortgage loan limits for every U.S. county, as published by Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)